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Report: Adrian Peterson Has Torn Meniscus

The Vikings may have dodged a bullet as far as their star running back’s knee is concerned.

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During the Minnesota Vikings’ 17-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers last night, running back Adrian Peterson suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his right knee. While it’s likely that Peterson will miss some time, according to head coach Mike Zimmer, it appears that the news is about as good as it could be.

Zimmer told Dan Barriero of KFAN-FM in Minneapolis this afternoon that Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee. There has been no timetable set for his return, and Zimmer didn’t even rule out Peterson playing this weekend. . .which, on the surface, sounds crazy, but it’s apparently a possibility.

Peterson has found some tough sledding over the first two weeks of the season, thanks in large part to the Vikings’ lousy run blocking. Through two games, Peterson has gained just 50 yards on 31 carries, a 1.6 yard/carry average, and has not had a carry for double-digit yardage.

Again, Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer has told a Minneapolis radio station that Adrian Peterson has torn the meniscus in his right knee. Zimmer is scheduled to have his Monday press conference at Winter Park at 2:00 PM Central time, so hopefully we can get some more specifics then.